Over the summer I found The West Wing on Netflix. I'm not really a TV watcher but I LOVED this show and found myself drifting toward it more and more and my laptop less and less. And my writing shows it. I tried to justify it as research for how to create a multiple character cast that readers can care about, but really, I just loved the show. And that's okay, but I remembered why I don't really watch TV. I have an obsessive personality in many ways, and having a show that isn't finished became more of the obsession than the self-created deadlines of my writing.
My life is full. VERY full. Like people raise their eyebrows when they hear what I'm doing and tell me I'm crazy full. And while there are several reasons for the fullness, I often let the justification of "look how much I did today" rule out writing time. And that is why my CP's got four pages from me for our meeting this week instead of fifteen. And this is why I'm starting to resent people around me because they are interfering with my writing time. But I have the time and just have to get back in the habit of using it.
So, September is no more excuses, quit being a pansy, hunker down and write month. I have a fun story idea I'm working with now, need to revise my synopsis and get more queries out, take blogging seriously like I want to and quit watching TV shows that ended years ago (I finished all The West Wing episodes this weekend). Because if I want something as bad as I want this writing thing to really work out, I need to put in the time to do it.
Please don't tell me your favorite show :) Instead, what are you doing to refocus as the school year is starting, as we transition into the quieter seasons?